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Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:30 PM Opening Night Dinner Reception
7:30 PM Film
Spotlight Theatres, 39 Front Street, Hartford, CT



Connecticut Premiere
THE JEWISH CARDINAL

France, 2012, 90 minutes, French with English subtitles
Director: IIan Duran Cohen

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The gripping story of Jean-Marie Aaron Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris and the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who walked the tightrope of two religions is recounted in this star-studded historical drama. Born in 1926, Lustiger’s parents were deported to Auschwitz while he was hidden with his sister. Lustiger maintained his cultural Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism at 14 and later joining the priesthood. An outspoken maverick, Lustiger rose within the ranks of the Church and became a close confidant of Pope Jean Paul II.

Sponsored by LAZ Parking, ZipPark, Cindy & Barry Lazowski, Marcia & Alan Lazowski and Dana & David Lazowski in honor of their parents, Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski; Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Spotlight Theatres.


Saturday, March 22, 2014
8:00 PM Dessert Reception
9:00 Film
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC



Connecticut Premiere
PARIS MANHATTAN

France, 2012, 78 minutes, French with English subtitles
Director: Sophie Lellouche

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The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen, a stunning cast and seductive Paris scenes set to a jazz-infused score highlight this warm-hearted romantic comedy about Alice, a beautiful but loveless 30-something Jewish Parisian looking for her dream guy. Under pressure from her dysfunctional Jewish family to marry, the Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist quotes his films, turns to him for relationship advice and dispenses his DVDs like prescriptions.

Sponsored by Puritan Furniture Mart, Inc., Roberta, Bruce and Eliana Singer; Moishe House, West Hartford and Digiplex Destinations.


Sunday, March 23, 2014, 1:00 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford



Connecticut Premiere
LIFE IN STILLS

Israel, 2011, 60 minutes, Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Director: Tamar Tal

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Miriam Weissenstein, the feisty and witty 96-year-old widow of famed Israeli photographer Rudi Weissenstein, joins forces with her grandson Ben to save the family’s photographic legacy – and Israel’s - when their iconic Pri-Or Photo House, a fixture in the heart of Tel Aviv since 1940, is destined for demolition. Despite the generation gap and a family tragedy, Miriam and Ben forge a powerful and compassionate bond as they team up to rescue the shop and preserve its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s history.

Screening With



Connecticut Premiere
THE GAMBLING MAN

USA, 24 minutes, English
Director: Gita Pullapilly

Retired West Hartford, Connecticut radiologist Dr. Albert ‘Alby’ Hurwit left medicine in 1986 to pursue his dream of creating music. The self-taught composer used computers, software programs and synthesizers to translate the music in his head to a complete symphony. A successful Harvard and Tufts educated physician – who failed a piano sight-reading test in college - Alby’s award-winning symphony is the hopeful story of his immigrant ancestors who escaped persecution in Russia, fleeing to freedom in America

Sponsored by Duncaster Retirement Community and Spotlight Theatres.


Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3:00 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford



New England Premiere
BRAVE MISS WORLD

Israel/Italy/South Africa/United States, 2013, 92 minutes, English
Hebrew and Italian with English subtitles
Director: Cecilia Peck

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At age 18, Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil survived a horrific knife-point rape and abduction in Italy days before being crowned Miss World in 1998. This unflinching new documentary chronicles Linor’s personal quest for justice and her healing journey while refusing to be ashamed. Overnight, the former model became the face of rape and ten years after the attack, a globe-trotting survivor activist, lawyer and mother. Five years in the making, Cecilia Peck’s powerful film follows Linor from South African townships to American college campuses; in media interviews and Hollywood living rooms; at the scene of the crime and facing the Israeli justice system.

This film is not rated; contains mature themes and images, recommended for high school age and above.

Sponsored by the Krasow Greenblatt Family/Vesta Corporation; Women’s Philanthropy/Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; Charter Oak Cultural Center; CONNSACS (Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc; Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford; Trinity College Hillel and individual donors.

Reel Talk
Immediately Follow Film

Invited Guest Speakers

Garvin G. Ambrose, Esq. State of Ct Victims Advocate

Cecilia Peck, Director Live Via Skype

Rachel Marcus, LCSW, Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

Laura Cordes, Executive Director, CONNSACS, Moderator

University Screenings

Brave Miss World will be screened for students and faculty at universities and colleges during Festival week. A complete list of screenings will be posted here. To schedule a campus screening, contact Harriet J. Dobin, Festival director, hdobin@mandelljcc.org, 860-231-6350

 


Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7:00 PM
Spotlight Theares, Front Street, Hartford



Connecticut Premiere
BETHLEHEM

Belgium/Israel/Germany/United Kingdom, 2013, 99 minutes,
Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Yuval Adler

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This gripping spy thriller centers on the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Shin Bet (Secret Service) agent and Sanfur, his hot-headed teenage Palestinian informant, whose terrorist brother Ibrahim is on the run. When a suicide bombing puts their father-son relationship to a test, Sanfur struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands, loyalty to his brother and his own ambitions. Sanfur lies to both, leading to explosive consequences.

This film is not rated; contains mature themes and images, recommended for high school age and above.

Sponsored by Brian Newman, CPA, Partner and the Partners of Cohn Reznick, LLP and Spotlight Theatres.


Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:00 PM
Beth EI Temple, West Hartford



Hartford Premiere
THE ZIG ZAG KID

The Netherlands, 2012, 95 minutes, Dutch, English and French with English subtitles
Director: Vincent Bal
Adapted from the novel by David Grossman

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Whimsical and witty, this action-packed detective escapade finds over-imaginative Nono Feierberg on a mission to become just like his dad – the greatest police inspector in the world. Two days shy of his Bar Mitzvah, the trouble-making Nono is sent by train to visit boring Uncle Shmuel. En route to the French Riviera he meets up with foxy criminal Felix and charming chanteuse Lola (Isabella Rossellini), embarking on a high-speed joyride with spectacular chases, zany disguises and even a giant chocolate factory.

Recommended for all ages.

Sponsored by People’s United Bank, JTeen Connect and Beth El Temple.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:00 PM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC



Connecticut Premiere

Tribute: Observations on Survival and Spirit
Lessons From The Holocaust


50 CHILDREN – THE RESCUE MISSION OF
MR. AND MRS KRAUS

United States, 2013, 63 minutes, English
Director: Steven Pressman

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This inspiring documentary tells the incredible story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a well-to-do young Philadelphia couple who, against all odds, brought the single largest group of unaccompanied children during the Holocaust out of Nazi Germany and to safety in the United States. The film weaves together excerpts from Eleanor's journals, archival footage and rare photographs of the children. Narrated by Alan Alda and Mamie Gummer, the film is the work of first-time San Francisco filmmaker Steven Pressman, who received Eleanor Kraus' diary from his wife, Liz Perle, the Krauses' granddaughter. Much of this bittersweet tale is told by some of the surviving children, now in their eighties.

This film will also screen at Conard High School, West Hartford and Farmington High School, Farmington.

Recommended for all ages.

Sponsored by The Kirstein Family Fund for Holocaust Education Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford in collaboration with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford.

Screening With



NYOSHA

Israel, 2012, 12 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Liran Kapel and Yael Dekel

Based on the true Holocaust survival story of the director's grandmother, Nyosha is a stop-action animated short film about a 10-year-old girl, her faith and how a pair of shiny new black shoes saved her life in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Reel Talk
Immediately following film

Invited Guest Speakers

Steven Pressman, Director, Producer and Writer

Dr. Robert Braun
Fairfield, CT

Professor Avinoam Patt

Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History
Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
University of Hartford
Moderator


Tuesday, March 26, 2014, 2:00 PM
THE EMANUEL SYNAGOGUE, WEST HARTFORD, CT

FREE FOR SENIORS



NEXT YEAR JERUSALEM

USA, 2014, 72 minutes, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: David Gaynes

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In 2011, eight intrepid senior residents of Fairfield Connecticut’s Jewish Home for the Elderly - average age 91- embarked on their last great adventure, a ten day pilgrimage to Israel. Their story is told by Weston CT native documentarian David Gaynes, who captured the preparations for the trip, their life-changing Israel experience and their return to Connecticut. Some of the travelers – both Jews and Christians - made the trip using wheelchairs and walkers, overcoming physical and emotional challenges. Next Year Jerusalem is a poetic exploration of faith and life, hope and fear, travel and memory in life’s final chapter.

Recommended for all ages.

Sponsored by Group Insurance Associates; HARC, Inc; Jewish Association for Community Living; The Emanuel Synagogue; Hoffman Summerwood Community and Hebrew Health Care.

Reel Talk
Immediately following film
Dessert Reception to Follow

Invited Guest Speakers

David Gaynes, Director/Producer/Camera/Editor

Trip participants and film subjects

Moderator: Denis Geary, Executive Director, Jewish Association for Community Living

Screening with



Jerusalem of Steel

Israel, 2005, 4 minutes, animation
Director: Sigalit Lifshitz

This original animated short film about robots inhabiting the Old City of Jerusalem was created for the Mabatim project of the Jerusalem Film Festival, spotlighting emerging Israeli filmmakers, animators, lighting and video designers.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield



New England Premiere

CUPCAKES

Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Eytan Fox

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A group of Tel Aviv friends and Universong fans commiserate about their lives and jokingly create a silly melody to cheer up the heartbroken Anat, a baker. One of them sends their cellphone recording to the judges. It goes viral and surprisingly becomes Israel’s entry to the international singing contest. The story of each Cupcakes character unfolds as the contest finale nears. This feel-good musical comedy is frosted with fun, dance, romance, happy endings and a bubbly soundtrack by Babydaddy of glam band Scissor Sisters.

This film is not rated; Contains brief nudity and adult themes; recommended for high school age and above.

Sponsored by Farmington Bank and Digiplex Destinations.

>Screening With



GENTLEDOG

Israel, 2012, 10 minutes, Hebrew and Dog with English subtitles
Director: David Shadi

This witty short comedy about a talking dog, a desperate boyfriend and his beautiful date is a biting satire about the love life of today’s single men and women as seen through a dog’s eyes…..and his unusual bark. So who’s the man and who’s the dog?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 8:15 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield



New England Premiere

WHEN DAY BREAKS

Serbia, 2012, 90 minutes, Serbian with English subtitles
Director: Goran Paskaljević

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Retired music professor Misha Brankov discovers his true Jewish origins when his life is turned upside down following the unearthing of a rusty iron box at the Old Fairgrounds in Belgrade. This was the site of the Judenlager Semlin Nazi concentration camp where 48,000 Serbian Jews and Gypsies perished. Inside is a photograph and an unfinished musical score composed by his real father, Jewish musician Isaac Weiss. The initial shock of his true identity and his family’s fate in Auschwitz gives way to determination to fulfill his father’s shattered dream, honor his parents and perform the long-lost symphony.

Recommended for middle school age and above.

This film is sponsored by Voices of Hope – Second and Third Generations of Holocaust Survivors/ Lisa & Peter Fishman and Marcia & Alan Lazowski and Digiplex Destinations.

Invited Guest Introducer

Kristina Pozenel
Film Editor, When Day Breaks


Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield



Hartford Premiere

AFTERMATH

United States, 2013, 63 minutes, English
Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski

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A tense and chilling fictional thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two Polish brothers who put aside longstanding quarrels to discover a terrible secret. After unearthing scores of uprooted Jewish tombstones scattered around their idyllic village, they are forced to revise perceptions of their father, their family and neighbors, and the history of their nation. Inspired by the real-life WWII massacre of Jedwabne’s Jewish community by their Polish neighbors, Aftermath touched a raw nerve when it was released in Poland

This film is not rated; contains violent images and adult themes; recommended for high school age and above.

This film is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., , the Rosalie H. and Jay D. Smith Jewish Heritage Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, in memory of Rosalie Smith; Anti – Defamation League, Connecticut Region and Digiplex Destinations.


Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8:15 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8



PUTZEL

USA, 2012, 88 minutes, English
Director: Jason Chaet

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For Walter Himmelstein (Jack Carpenter) endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s smoked fish emporium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In this offbeat, heartwarming Jewish urban fairy tale, Walter’s aspirations of taking over soon-to-retire Uncle Sid’s (John Pankow) lox store are disrupted by the arrival of aspiring dancer Sally (Melanie Lynskey) sparking a complicated romantic triangle. With Sally’s help, a few good friends and the love of Aunt Gilda (Susie Essman), Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel

Not rated; contains some adult humor and suggestive material.

Screening With



GENTLEDOG

Israel, 2012, 10 minutes, Hebrew and Dog with English subtitles
Director: David Shadi

This witty short comedy about a talking dog, a desperate boyfriend and his beautiful date is a biting satire about the love life of today’s single men and women as seen through a dog’s eyes…..and his unusual bark. So who’s the man and who’s the dog?

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8:15 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8

Encore Screening



Connecticut Premiere
BETHLEHEM

Belgium/Israel/Germany/United Kingdom, 2013, 99 minutes,
Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Yuval Adler

View trailer

This gripping spy thriller centers on the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Shin Bet (Secret Service) agent and Sanfur, his hot-headed teenage Palestinian informant, whose terrorist brother Ibrahim is on the run. When a suicide bombing puts their father-son relationship to a test, Sanfur struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands, loyalty to his brother and his own ambitions. Sanfur lies to both, leading to explosive consequences.

This film is not rated; contains mature themes and images, recommended for high school age and above.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:45 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8



Connecticut Premiere
DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

USA, 2011, 90 minutes, English
Director: David Grubin

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Two brilliant musicians – Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint and singer-songwriter Nellie McKay - star in this musical movie set in the New York City world of Russian Jewish immigrants. Downtown Express uses music to explore the clash of old world values against the lure and excitement of a new country. Guided by his domineering but loving cellist father, Juilliard student Sasha prepares for a career-launching recital. Sparks fly when he falls for hipster singer-songwriter Ramona, joins her band and begins a double life, careening frantically between both worlds.

To purchase music from the film soundtrack go to www.downtownexpressalbum.com

Sponsored by Sandra Berinstein and Digiplex Destinations.


Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:45 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8

Encore Screening



Connecticut Premiere
THE JEWISH CARDINAL

France, 2012, 90 minutes, French with English subtitles
Director: IIan Duran Cohen

View trailer

The gripping story of Jean-Marie Aaron Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris and the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who walked the tightrope of two religions is recounted in this star-studded historical drama. Born in 1926, Lustiger’s parents were deported to Auschwitz while he was hidden with his sister. Lustiger maintained his cultural Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism at 14 and later joining the priesthood. An outspoken maverick, Lustiger rose within the ranks of the Church and became a close confidant of Pope Jean Paul II.

Sponsored by LAZ Parking, ZipPark, Cindy & Barry Lazowski, Marcia & Alan Lazowski and Dana & David Lazowski in honor of their parents, Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski; Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Spotlight Theatres.


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 10:00 AM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC



New England Premiere
Family Flicks & Live Concert
MAMA DONI’S JEWISH HOLIDAY PARTY
IT’S PASSOVER!

USA, 2013, 40 minutes, English
Director: Brian Brodeur, Aciem Studios

Film, live concert and refreshments

The original Jewish singing cowgirl, Mama Doni Zasloff returns in person to sing, dance and storytell her way through Passover and Shabbat with the premiere of her new film series, Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party! An award-winning singer, songwriter and dynamic performer, Mama Doni and acoustic guitar virtuoso Eric Lindberg fuse together traditional Jewish melodies with contemporary bluegrass sounds. They rock the screen and stage with a live performance guaranteed to get every member of the family dancing….perfect for toddlers to grandparents!

Sponsored by Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry; The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford; PJ Library; Mandell JCC Family Room Parenting Center and NextGen, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 12:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8, 863 Park Road, Bloomfield, CT



Connecticut Premiere
ETGAR KERET – WHAT ANIMAL ARE YOU?

Israel, 2013, 58 minutes, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Gur Bentwich

This entertainingly intimate documentary follows renowned Israeli writer Etgar Keret on a whirlwind book tour to the Big Apple. Between readings and interviews, Keret ruminates on his life as a writer and the recent death of his father; he also hangs with New York pals Nathan Englander and Ira Glass. Simultaneously poignant, absurd and hilarious – like most of Keret’s works - What Animal Are You? is a personal and playful journey with one of world literature’s most original voices.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations

Screening With



THE GOLDFISH

USA, 2013, 10 minutes, English
Director: Mathieu Young

This original short film starring Parenthood’s Jason Ritter is based on Etgar Keret’s famed short story, “What Of This Goldfish Would You Wish?” When Yoni sets out to film a documentary about the secret longings of everyday Americans, he meets Sergei and a beautiful talking goldfish.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations



WHAT ABOUT ME?

Israel, 2012, 4 minutes, Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen

A man and his donkey are separated at a desert army checkpoint in Israel. The man doesn’t have the right to pass through, but oddly enough the donkey does.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 12:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8, 863 Park Road, Bloomfield, CT

Encore Screening



Connecticut Premiere
PARIS MANHATTAN

France, 2012, 78 minutes, French with English subtitles
Director: Sophie Lellouche

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The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen, a stunning cast and seductive Paris scenes set to a jazz-infused score highlight this warm-hearted romantic comedy about Alice, a beautiful but loveless 30-something Jewish Parisian looking for her dream guy. Under pressure from her dysfunctional Jewish family to marry, the Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist quotes his films, turns to him for relationship advice and dispenses his DVDs like prescriptions.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8, 863 Park Road, Bloomfield, CT

Encore Screening



New England Premiere

CUPCAKES

Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Eytan Fox

View trailer

A group of Tel Aviv friends and Universong fans commiserate about their lives and jokingly create a silly melody to cheer up the heartbroken Anat, a baker. One of them sends their cellphone recording to the judges. It goes viral and surprisingly becomes Israel’s entry to the international singing contest. The story of each Cupcakes character unfolds as the contest finale nears. This feel-good musical comedy is frosted with fun, dance, romance, happy endings and a bubbly soundtrack by Babydaddy of glam band Scissor Sisters.

This film is not rated; Contains brief nudity and adult themes; recommended for high school age and above.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations

Screening With



GENTLEDOG

Israel, 2012, 10 minutes, Hebrew and Dog with English subtitles
Director: David Shadi

This witty short comedy about a talking dog, a desperate boyfriend and his beautiful date is a biting satire about the love life of today’s single men and women as seen through a dog’s eyes…..and his unusual bark. So who’s the man and who’s the dog?

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8, 863 Park Road, Bloomfield, CT

Encore Screening



PUTZEL

USA, 2012, 88 minutes, English
Director: Jason Chaet

View trailer

For Walter Himmelstein (Jack Carpenter) endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s smoked fish emporium on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In this offbeat, heartwarming Jewish urban fairy tale, Walter’s aspirations of taking over soon-to-retire Uncle Sid’s (John Pankow) lox store are disrupted by the arrival of aspiring dancer Sally (Melanie Lynskey) sparking a complicated romantic triangle. With Sally’s help, a few good friends and the love of Aunt Gilda (Susie Essman), Walter confronts his fears and proves he is more than a Putzel

Not rated; contains some adult humor and suggestive material.

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations

Screening With



GENTLEDOG

Israel, 2012, 10 minutes, Hebrew and Dog with English subtitles
Director: David Shadi

This witty short comedy about a talking dog, a desperate boyfriend and his beautiful date is a biting satire about the love life of today’s single men and women as seen through a dog’s eyes…..and his unusual bark. So who’s the man and who’s the dog?

Sponsored by Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Digiplex Destinations


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 4:00 PM
Digiplex Destinations, Bloomfield 8, 863 Park Road, Bloomfield, CT



Connecticut Premiere
THE PRIME MINISTERS - THE PIONEERS

USA, 2013, 115 minutes, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Richard Trank

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Based on the best-selling memoir by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as chief aide and speechwriter to many Israeli prime ministers, this sweeping docudrama is an insider’s account of six decades of Israel's history. The film brings to life behind-the-scenes stories about Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres as well as United States Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. The film reveals new details about the Six-Day War; Israel's strategic relationship with the U.S., the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath.

Sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and Digiplex Destinations.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:30 PM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC
Closing Night Film & Reception



Connecticut Premiere
Closing Night Film & Reception
HUNTING ELEPHANTS

Israel, 2013 107 minutes, English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Reshef Levi

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Closing Reception and musical performance by Lamar Duo – Leana and Mickey Reisman following Film

This comedy crime-caper is the story of a clever kid, three old men, and a bank just waiting to be robbed. Jonathan is a boy genius whose closest friend is his father, Daniel, a bank security guard. When Daniel dies suddenly at work and the bank refuses to pay his pension, Jonathan recruits an unlikely trio of misfits to save him and his clueless mother from losing everything. With the help of his cranky grandfather Eliyahu (Sasson Gabai), wily friend Nick (Moni Moshonov) - both pre-State Jewish underground fighters - and his great-uncle, a disgraced British Lord and flamboyant actor (Sir Patrick Stewart) Jonathan comes up with a crazy revenge plan.

Sponsored by Simsbury Bank and The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.


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Schedule subject to change.
All events under Hartford Kashrut Commission supervision

Contact:
Harriet J. Dobin, Director and Press, 860-231-6350, hdobin@mandelljcc.org
18th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival
Zachs Campus
335 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117